The winter edition of the Lil' Biz seminar will gather five local experts presenting segments focusing on a specific topic. From taxes to copyright to publicity, a team of pros has been assembled to share their knowledge and field questions. It's a 101 guide to navigating the business side of Montreal's creative world, all from an empowering DIY perspective. Join us on February 25th from 11am to 4pm in Espace POP. Until then, meet the speakers!
Patricia Boushel is a cultural producer, researcher and activist translator from Montréal. Formerly an associate producer at the NFB from 2005-06, a producer at the Pop Montreal from 2006 through 2011, she was the Operations Manager for Envision Management & Production for 3.5 years before landing at Constellation Records in 2016. For Lil' Biz, she'll be addressing general Canada Council and CALQ creation and travel grants, as well as a basic tour of FACTOR for musicians. These days, she really likes deep breathing, Maggie Nelson and conversations that go deep and take time.
Marilis Cardinal has worked in various positions in music for the last decade, from event production, label marketing, publicity and artist management. She founded the company Cardinal PR where she’s done campaigns for Doldrums, Marie Davidson, Blue Hawaii, Sean Nicholas Savage, Phèdre, Tonstartssbandht, Jerry Paper and more. She currently works as the publicist for Blue Skies Turn Black and as an artist manager at Boyfriend Management.
Janick Langlais is a Montrealer who has been involved in the punk scene for over 20 years. She has also lived in New York City and Europe, where she discovered first-hand what it meant to be involved in the punk scene. That's what she'll be talking about at Lil' Biz: her evolution in the punk scene and how she became a booker/musician/venue owner. She'll also share how the DIY network functions and what you can gain from operating in the DIY community instead of going ''commercial."
Omar has been in private practice for the last 14 years specializing in small business and self-employed individual accounting and taxation. Omar also has experience with artist management, is well versed in business management for musicians and has worked with many independent record labels and promoters. He will be presenting on ways for self-employed artists to prepare for tax time, how to keep your expenses and documents organized, and provide tips for tax planning and saving for the future. As well as providing tax and management consulting services, Omar is a huge music nerd, hosts a weekly radio show on CJLO, and likes cookies, soda pop, and fuzzy animals and guitars.
Keith Serry is a dad, lawyer and communicator and the co-founder and President of CJAM (La Clinique juridique des artistes de Montréal/the Montreal Artists Legal Clinic) a Montreal-based charity which, for over eight years, has given free legal information services to the Montreal artistic community. His presentation -- Music Law: A Mini-bootcamp -- will give a brief overview of general issues of music copyright and also focus on more specific issues of publishing and royalties which should be of interest to recording artists and songwriters. You can find more information about CJAM at www.cjam.info or on twitter @cjam_montreal.